After drawing the most viewers in the key 18-49 demo for 40 consecutive quarters, Jay Leno’s "Tonight Show" on NBC lost its crown in the second quarter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jon Stewart’s "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central came in at No. 1 for the quarter, averaging 1.295 million viewers 18 to 49 years old, while "The Tonight Show" drew 1.292 million viewers in the age group.
Traditional Leno rival David Letterman averaged 1.096 million viewers in the 18-49 demo for CBS’s “Late Show.”
Overall, "The Daily Show" drew 9% more viewers during the quarter compared with a year earlier, giving the Comedy Central program an average of 2.2 million total viewers. "The Colbert Report," also on Comedy Central, averaged 1.5 million total viewers, a gain of 6%, the story notes.